You know what’s awesome? When you’re out shopping, and you find a whole bunch of nice stuff that you really want to buy. You know what’s even better? When all that stuff turns out to be super cheap! And that’s exactly how I feel about this week’s Cheap Theatre list! I’d be happy to shell out a fair bit to see any of these shows and festivals (a Shakespeare/Star Wars mashup? A show about Rob Ford? I’m totally in). But the best part is, they’re all extremely affordable. Take a gander, see if anything strikes your fancy, and go see some cheap Toronto theatre!
East End Performance Crawl (Crow’s Theatre). Theatrical fest featuring Mike Daisey’s Dreaming Of Rob Ford, TEASE at Jilly’s, the Soulo Festival, storytelling and more. Opens May 21 and runs to Jun 1, see website for schedule and prices. Various venues on Queen East from Broadview to Greenwood. crowstheatre.com.
The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher (Redheaded Coffeshop Girl/Red One Theatre Collective). Staged reading of the Star Wars classic reimagined by William Shakespeare. May 21 at 7 pm. $10-$15.The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. secureaseat.com.
Freeway Strangler by Christian Canterbury (The Box Studio/StraeonFilmworksInc). Four Hollywood actors pursue love and fame while a serial killer terrorizes L.A. Opens May 22 and runs to Jun 8, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20. The Box Studio, 89 Niagara. brownpapertickets.com/event/688046.
Paleoncology by Kira Hall (Moon Dinosaur Theatre). A woman deals with her brother’s terminal illness by taking up a hobby in this solo play. May 24-25, Sat-Sun 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $10, mat pwyc. Videofag, 187 Augusta. kirahall.com.
SOULO Theatre Festival (SoulOTheatre). Performances of one-person shows by Sage Tyrtle, Rachelle Eli, SébastienHeins, Martha Chaves and others, plus panels and workshops. May 22-25, see website for schedule. $15, opening night $50; panels & workshops $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. soulo.ca.